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world of Goo is a truly awe-inspiring game. It is, at various points, brilliantly funny, hugely charming, and unexpectedly emotionally charged. The last of those things is especially surprising, given that the entire game revolves around blobs of Goo.

This is very odd. (More odd: try attaching the eyes to the structure…)

This is very odd. (More odd: try attaching the eyes to the structure…)

Said Goo comprises semi-sentient balls that roam about and want nothing more than to be sucked up to Goo heaven. This means using the Goo to construct bridge-like scaffolds, on to which spare Goo can climb and make its way to the pipe of dreams.

The basic mechanics are enjoyable and impressive, helped along by a smart control system, but what really sets World of Goo apart is the astonishingly well-realised universe. It’s a surreal, darkly satirical place full of craziness and wonder; inventive visual design fuses with an exceptional soundtrack, making this more than a mere puzzle game. On the iPhone it is, we admit, a touch cramped, but it’s still a fantastic experience; if you’ve an iPad, splash out the extra two bucks for the universal HD release.

Goo balls being sucked up to Goo heaven. Goo bliss!

Goo balls being sucked up to Goo heaven. Goo bliss!

Price: $2.99/£1.99

Size: 97.7 MB

Version: 1.5

Platform: iOS Universal

Developer: 2D Boy

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World of Goo Review: Charming and impressive
For
  • Brilliantly realised world
  • Frequently surprising
Against
  • A few difficulty spikes
  • Feels a bit cramped on iPhone
4.7Overall Score